Did the great apostle Paul struggle like we do? If you read Romans 7 you will have to conclude that he did because Paul was a fallen man like you and I. When we read of the mighty apostle we oftentimes think of him as almost perfect. Besides Christ, Who is God and is Perfection, Paul stands out in my mind as the most Christ-like of all, but yet he still struggled.
I made myself a note for a future post when reading in Acts 18. In verses 9-10 Luke wrote: “And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent,for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.”
Paul had just come from Atens to Corinth. As was his custom, he preached every Sabbath in the synagogue trying to persuade Jews and Gentiles to come to Jesus. In the prior verses we see how his word was rejected by the Jews and that they reviled and opposed him. After leaving them we see God at work. He lodged at the home of a Justus Titius, a worshiper of God as he is described. And where did Justin just happen to live? Right next door to the synagogue.
Not a lot is told us about verse 8, but Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in The Lord Jesus, and his entire household. We are told that because of this many Corinthians believed and were baptized.
The Lord promised Paul that He would protect him from those that rejected his message. Paul was also encouraged by God telling him that there were many in Corinth who would believe. In fact, I love the language used, “for I have many in this city who ARE my people” (vs.9b).
Paul needed encouragement just like we do. The Gospel message is always a divider…. There are always those who will accept, and those who will reject the message. This shouldn’t frighten us or discourage us; it is God who goes before us. He has prepared a people among us all, wherever we may be, who want to hear the Message. You’ll never know until you share it.
Are you afraid to share Jesus when the opportunity arises? Don’t be!!
Shalom, until tomorrow, Lord willing,